December 21st, 2010
11:49 AM ET

In Afghanistan, ISAF probes deaths of five civilians

The NATO command in Afghanistan is investigating the deaths of five civilians during a skirmish Tuesday in the south.

The incident occurred in the Sangin district of Helmand province, the volatile region where fighting has raged for years.

The International Security Assistance Force said insurgents with small arms and machine guns assaulted coalition forces.

After troops identified the attackers' positions, they fought back "with direct and indirect fire."

"This is a tragedy," said ISAF spokesman U.S. Army Lt. Col. Patrick Hynes. He said the military is aware that "insurgents purposefully stage attacks against friendly forces" based in the homes of innocent civilians.

The deaths of civilians during fighting have hurt the coalition's efforts to win backing for its efforts, and the forces in recent years have worked to lessen such casualties.

Also on Tuesday, two coalition service member died in the south, both after bombing attacks, ISAF said. The precise locations of the killings and the nationalities of the service members were not immediately made available.

Also, over the previous 24 hours, an ISAF and Afghan border police patrol found 992 pounds of hashish in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, also in the south.

In the same district, a police patrol found 33,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, which is used to make explosives, and approximately 1,322 pounds hashish. Several people were detained.

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  1. Dindy.....

    Please take good care (all of you). . I will be gone for few weeks. prayers and praises!! Always !!

    December 23, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Stay-Safe-Dindy.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        Thank you Bledsoe and don't let this Phunnie boy get your goat by calling you Fake Daniel-2. He calls me that,too.

        December 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Weak+obvious!

        December 24, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dindy.....

    Do not think negative Larry. words have power. Lets say may peace be upon earth soon.

    December 23, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. LarryKegel(US Army)

    when everyone starts respecting each other beliefs... That is when We will have PEACE in the World!!! It will never happen in My life time...

    December 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Warren

    Who is this Daniel-2 and who is the nutjob who keeps calling everybody that name???

    December 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      You!

      December 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bledsoe

    Correct-Dindy._Fake=Daniel-2.

    December 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dindy.....

    No it is not.

    December 21, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I hope They blow them all up so that knowone can use them??? Maybe They will get all the Ammo They have and the war will be over!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sanity

      Of course it is,Dindy. You know that and don't let these right-wing idiots fool you!

      December 22, 2010 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Fake=Daniel-2.

        December 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sanity

        At least you didn't call me a Commie this time. That's a relief,Phunnie boy.

        December 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Commie?-Fake-Daniel-2?

        December 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Sick=Daniel2.

      December 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Gee Phunnie boy,I thought I asked you to call me by my own name. I feel fine. What's wrong with you anyway? Good grief!!!

      December 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Yacobi is right

      March 1, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sanity

    Another whitewash,I presume.

    December 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Fraud=Daniel-2.

      December 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sanity

      But am I still a Communist like you said before???

      December 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Sorry Sanity,I'm the true Bledsoe here and I never called you a Communist. That was Phunnie boy my impostor and I want you to know it. I aologize to everybody this bozo insults.

        December 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Oops,I meant apologize not aologize.

        December 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Really-Foolish-Daniel2!

        December 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Bravo.

      January 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |